Ralph's Italian opening restaurant at new Valley Forge Sheraton

Manager Ryan Rubino outside Ralph's (760 S. 9th) in May.(Photo: Ronnie Polaneczky/Daily News)

Ralph’s (760 S. 9th) is heading to Valley Forge.  

Eddie Rubino, co-owner of the nation’s oldest Italian restaurant, confirmed Tuesday  that in mid-October, a restaurant  Ralph’s of South Philly will open inside the new Valley Forge Sheraton near the Valley Forge Casino.

“We are overwhelmed with excitement about this project finally coming to pass,” Rubino said about his family’s feelings toward the expansion.

Ralph’s, which opened in 1900, and has remained family owned since, became the oldest Italian restaurant in the U.S. after the May closing of San Francisco's Fior D'Italia, which had been open since 1886.